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How to Cook a Turkey in a Roaster Oven

  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 turkey 1x
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American


Easy, step by step recipe for the perfect roast turkey in an electric roaster oven!



1 thawed turkey

3 onions, peeled and roughly chopped

20 baby carrots

2 celery stalks, roughly chopped

3 tablespoons butter, divided

1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

2 1/2 teaspoons pepper, divided

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning


  1. Remove the rack from the roaster oven, place on the lid, and preheat to the highest temperature available on your model.
  2. Determine your total cooking time by multiplying the weight of your turkey by 15 minutes per pound.
  3. Remove turkey from the packaging, untuck the legs, then remove the innards from both ends. Do not rinse.
  4. Place turkey on the rack, handles facing up. 
  5. Combine onions, carrots, celery, 1 Tb salt, 1 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp poultry seasoning, and 1 Tb butter. Place half the mixture into the turkey cavity, then re-tuck the legs.
  6. Spread 2 Tb butter on the outside of the turkey, the sprinkle on remaining 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper.
  7. Place rack into the hot roaster, sprinkle remaining veggies around the turkey, and replace the lid. Cook on highest temperature for 30 minutes. Do not open the lid.
  8. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees and cook for the remaining amount of time from your calculations you did in step 2. Do not lift the lid.
  9. Turkey is finished when the breasts reach 165 degrees and the thighs 175 degrees.
  10. Let rest 20-30 minutes before carving.


  • Serving Size: 1 oz
  • Calories: 43
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 16 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Cholesterol: 26 g

Keywords: Thanksgiving dinner recipe, thanksgiving turkey